The 70th Republic Day was celebrated in all its magnificence, vibrancy and grandeur at Vikhe Patil Memorial School on 26th January 2019.  The program started with school prayer, followed by welcome of the dignitaries and unfurling of the Flag.

The students saluted the National Flag and pledged themselves to upholding the honour, integrity, diversity and uniqueness that is “India” followed by inspiring speeches.

Invoking the spirit of patriotism the students of Std. I and II sang a melodious Hindi patriotic song. The choir group presented the National song ‘Vande mataram’. The whole school joined the choir and the song reverberated in the surroundings. It was followed by distribution of sweets to the students.

Keeping the allegiance to the Republic India and following the tradition of Vikhe Patil Memorial School, Nandini Ma’am, (Director, Vikhe Patil Memorial School) flagged off the floats of four states.

The Republic Day processional parade was led by school’s prefectural body, school band, dancers, cyclists, staff members, students and floats of different states Punjab, Karnataka, Assam and Gujarat. The tableau began from school, passed through Senapati Bapat road, Symbiosis College, Good Luck Chowk and Bhandarkar road.

Creating a spirit of patriotism and keeping in mind the mission of the school “Making Life Meaningful”, all the floats propagated the messages of cleanliness, conservation of energy, natural resources and the environment.

The powerful land of five rivers Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, Punjab, lead the procession with students dancing to the peppy bhangra dhol and beats. Depicting the rich cultural heritage of Punjab, Golden Temple’s structure adorned the colourful and vibrant float. Celebrating the major festivals of Punjab like Gurupurab, Basant Panchami, Baisakhi and Lohri, the students dressed in traditional radiant costumes distributed peanuts, rewari and popcorn to the people on the streets. The famous and prominent personalities of Punjabi community like Dhyanchand, Bhagat Singh, Milka Singh (‘The Flying Sikh’), Kalpana Chawla and Navjot Singh Siddhu were honoured and spoken about with great reverence. Punjabi culture, one of the oldest in world history, was presented in its full glory and magnificence with enchanting fields and delectable cuisine.

The second float to follow was of the charismatic state of Karnataka, a land of royal grandeur and oriental glory. The students dressed in vibrant and traditional costumes danced enthusiastically to the various folk dance forms like Kolata or stick dance, Yakshagana etc. Through the dialogues students’ propagated cleanliness, using cloth bags instead of plastic thereby spreading the message of sustainable environment. Mysore Paak was distributed to the onlookers on the street.

Next to follow was the tableau of Assam, bedecked with flowers, bamboo plants, Assamese Muga silk sarees, cane baskets, tea cups etc. The rich culture and ‘Bihu’, the traditional folk dance was displayed by the students, dressed in lovely attires. The students distributed tea bags to the people and spoke about rich culture of Assam and various handicrafts like metal crafts, exquisite silk and cane products.  Assam’s golden girl, athlete, ‘Hima Das’, anchor Arnab Goswami, actor Adil Hussain, singer Bhupen Hazarika were honoured and praised for their contribution to the mankind.

The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the land of longest coastline, state of vibrant festivals, Gujarat was the last float in the processional parade. Colourful dupattas and kites adjourned the beautiful float. The students rhythmically and energetically danced to the tunes of Garba and Dandiya, famous dances of the state. The delicious cuisine, Gir National Park, Uttarayana (Makar Sankranti) festival, Kutch festival (Rann Utsav), Dwarka temple were highly praised and acknowledged by the students on the float.

It was indeed a wonderful and enriching experience for the young ‘Vikheites’ imbibing the core values of the school, patriotism and love for the nation.